Art Nation, the fast rising rock act from Gothenburg, Sweden, will release its highly anticipated second album ‘Liberation‘, April 28th via Sony Music/Gain.
“When the time came to make the new album, we sought to broaden our sound and push the limits of the genre, while still sounding like ourselves”, singer and frontman Alexander Strandell explains.
This time around, the songs have more versatility and finesse, together with the melodies, catchy hooks, and stellar instrumental performances that Art Nation’s followers have come to expect. The band has been working closely together with selected external songwriters, bringing diversity to the album.”
The album was recorded once again at Top Floor Studios by producer/engineer Jakob Herrmann (Amaranthe, Evergrey, Hardcore Superstar), and co-produced by Theodor Hedström and the studio’s assistant engineer Christoffer Borg (Kee Marcello, Bob Hund), who is also one of Art Nation’s guitarists. To further emphasise each song’s identity, the producers and the band made the decision to work with multiple mixing engineers to equally share the mixing duties with Herrmann/Borg. Bringing back Jacob Hansen (Amaranthe, Volbeat), who mixed previous album ‘Revolution‘, felt like an obvious choice. For a third mixing engineer, they chose to work with Adam “Nolly” Getgood (Periphery, Devin Townsend). The album was mastered by Dragan Tanaskovic (In Flames, Avatar).
Spanning over six months, the recording sessions were both creative and exhausting, as the album’s sound was shaped.
“I think we learned more about ourselves and our music in these six months, than we ever have done during our time as a band”, says drummer Carl Tudén.
‘Liberation‘ is a musical rollercoaster, starting out with the punchy ‘Ghost Town‘, leading up to the catchy ‘Kiss Up & Kick Down‘, and after taking it down with intricate ballad ‘When Stars Align‘, the instrumental performances of ‘What Do You Want‘ will surely make the listener want to go for another ride.
Your first glimpse of the new album will be the single ‘The Real Me‘, to be released February 24th. The second single ‘Ghost Town‘ will be released the following month, on March 24th.
The band will tour throughout the year, including a highly anticipated show at Sweden Rock Festival, Scandinavia’s largest rock festival.
1. Ghost Town
3. The Real Me
4. Kiss Up & Kick Down
5. When Stars Align
6. One Nation
7. A Thousand Charades
8. Take Me Home
11. What Do You Want
12. Japan Bonus Track: Walk My Own Way
Alexander Strandell – Vocals
Christoffer Borg – Guitar
Johan Gustavsson – Guitar
Rebecka Tholerus – Bass
Carl Tudén – Drums